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Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Finalized

Verizon Communications has completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group to become the largest provider of telematics systems for commercial fleets, the company has announced.

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Texas City Saves Thousands with In-House Maintenance

The City of Plainview, Texas, has saved about $37,000 since it started doing its maintenance in-house nine months ago.

Safety Tip: Assembling a Winter Emergency Kit

It's time again to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a fully stocked winter emergency kit in their vehicle. Here's some advice on what to include.

Graphic courtesy of the White House.

Feds, 35 States Bolster EV Charging

The Obama administration will establish 48 national electric-vehicle charging networks on about 25,000 miles of highways in 35 states to increase adoption of electric vehicle usage, according to the White House.

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Local Governments Partner with White House for EV Adoption

State and local governments have joined the White House in a broad-based agreement to boost adoption of electrified vehicles by committing to purchase more plug-in electric vehicles for their fleets.

Photo of 2015-MY Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Depreciation Bites Harder in October, Black Book Says

Depreciation for 1- to 5-year-old vehicles saw a significant increase to 2.9% for October from the 2.3% September rate with passenger cars seeing greater weakness, according to Black Book.

Automakers Exceed EPA Fuel Economy Standards Again

Automakers beat U.S. fuel-economy standards for the 2015 model year for the fourth year in a row, reaching an average of 29.4 miles per gallon for passenger cars, which marked an all-time high, according to an annual report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The ZH2 shares several components with the production Colorado, including the cab, doors, and roof. The standard Colorado production cab was moved back 125mm to accommodate 37-inch off-road tires. (Photo courtesy of General Motors)

Chevrolet Tests Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Truck

The ZH2, powered by GM’s Hydrotec fuel cell technology, was unveiled to the auto industry at the 2016 SEMA show. In addition, Chevrolet recently developed new off-road test areas at General Motors’ Yuma, Ariz., Proving Ground.

Photo of wrong-way alert courtesy of Ford.

Ford Developing Evasive Steering, Wrong-Way Alert

Ford is developing several next-generation driver-assisting technologies, including evasive steering that can steer the vehicle away from a collision if the driver doesn't respond and an alert that recognizes when a driver is heading the wrong direction on a road.

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Noregon TripVision Added to Geotab Marketplace

Noregon’s recently released TripVision vehicle health monitoring solution for heavy-duty trucks has been made available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Colonial Pipeline Expected Back Online by Saturday

The Colonial Pipeline Co. hopes to bring a significant gasoline supply line back online by Saturday, less than a week after a blast that could reduce gasoline supply to the Southeast and Northeast, Reuters has reported.

Photo of 2017 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

2017 Nissan NV200 Van to Start at $22,115

Nissan's 2017 NV200 compact cargo van has arrived at dealer lots and retails for at least $22,115, Nissan has announced.

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Telogis Adds Optimization and Automation Features to MRM Platform

Telogis is adding a number of extensions to its Telogis Mobile Resource Management software platform designed to optimize and automate processes.

John Deere Adds Telogis Telematics for Equipment

John Deere will offer a telematics and asset tracking system with its heavy equipment under a new partnership with Telogis announced at the Telogis Latitude Conference in Dana Point, Calif.

Police Fleet Suffers Heat Damage

The Danville Police Department (Va.) accumulated $19,000 in repairs for patrol cars damaged by heat from April to September. The department dealt with air conditioning parts and batteries regularly melting or needing repair.

Ratto will deploy at least 15 Freightliner Condors retrofitted with Wrightspeed's Route turbine-electric hybrid powertrain over the next year.  Photo: Wrightspeed Powertrains

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Trash Truck Deployed

The Ratto Group says existing vehicles are being equipped with Wrightspeed’s Route heavy-duty powertrain consisting of a turbine engine, generator, battery pack and electronic controls.

'Outdated and Broken' New Orleans Fire Trucks Discussed

Many of the New Orleans Fire Department's trucks are "outdated and broken" and need to be replaced, the head of the city's firefighting union said during a presentation to the city's elected leaders.

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Audit: Okla. Fleet Performed Services Without Approval

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office failed to follow protocol by insourcing additional work, renting out its facility, and accepting vehicle donations without approval from county leadership, according to a report from the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced the switch to renewable diesel at a press conference. Photo courtesy of the City of San Diego

San Diego Adopts Renewable Diesel

The City of San Diego has joined the growing list of West Coast fleets making the switch to renewable diesel. 900 of the city's heavy- and medium-duty vehicles will run on renewable diesel to start, including refuse trucks, construction equipment, and street sweepers.

Photo via Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's Twitter feed.

Alabama Pipeline Explosion Will Mean Higher Fuel Prices in Some States

An explosion in Alabama on what’s said to be the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S. Monday will likely lead to a temporary price spike in diesel and gasoline in the Southeast states served by the pipeline and also may affect the Northeast.

Diesel Prices Plateau Again, Crude Oil Hits Month Low

Diesel fuel prices in the U.S. have plateaued again, changing by less than a cent over the past three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Graphic of Toyota's Mobility Services Platform courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's Carsharing Partnership Could Fit Fleets

Toyota has formed a partnership with carsharing provider Getaround that could eventually find a place in commercial or government fleets that manage a portion of their vehicles as an in-house rental fleet.

Chevin's FleetWave Increasing Technician Retention

Chevin Fleet Solutions is experiencing steady growth in the adoption of its products, a trend the company attributes in part to its software's technician workforce management and job planning capabilities, the company announced.

Eaton Launches Remote Diagnostics Tool for Automated Transmissions

Eaton recently launched IntelliConnect, a suite of connected solutions designed to improve uptime and efficiency. The initial module in the suite provides near real-time monitoring of vehicle fault codes.

Keith Scheibe and Sree Nilakanta, associate professors of information systems, and David May, Iowa Department of Transportation fleet manager. Photo: Christopher Gannon, Iowa State University

Iowa DOT Changes Replacement Schedule for Snow Plows

Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is changing its replacement schedule after a study found that the fleet could save $2 to $7 million annually by replacing its snow plows earlier.

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